Four ‘rebels’ arrested,No Coup d’état – Gabon Government
Gabonese government spokesperson Guy-Bertrand Mapangou has confirmed that the political situation in the country is under control,four of the rebels have been arrested by authorities and the fifth one is on the run following an attempted military coup.
The five soldiers took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time, read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration “, claiming that they had seized power “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years.
Ali Bongo became the president of Gabon in October 2009 after his father Omar Bongo’s death who had ruled since 1967 until his death.
In a video circulating on social media, three young soldiers can be seen in a radio studio wearing military fatigues and holding guns, it prompted government to respond immediately.
This group; Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon represented by Lt Kelly Ondo Obiang appealed to young people to take charge of their destiny.
The government spokesperson has now confirmed that no Coup d’état and the situation is calm.